BWW Blog: Jesse Swimm of Goodspeed's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF - Final Blog

August 1
10:06 AM 2014
BWW Blog: Jesse Swimm of Goodspeed's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF - Final Blog

The Final Blog....

It's such an odd feeling finishing up my time blogging with Broadwayworld knowing that I still have another 6 weeks here up at The Goodspeed Opera House and "Fiddler on the Roof". For one thing this past week, so far, has been a whirlwind. This week started one of our 9 show weeks...yup 9 shows. I know in the grand scheme of it all its not truly difficult but there is something to be said for doing 9 shows in a row when you are used to just doing 8. Especially when you are doing a show as heavy as Fiddler. However we still manage to find time to relax and this week has been filled with lots of extra curricular activities. For one we took a little trip to the Haddam Meadows State Park on Tuesday after our matinee for a little kickball. I honestly can say the last time I played kickball was in Elementary School, lol. What a blast it was. If you have the opportunity to relive your childhood and play kickball, go do it. You won't regret it trust me. In fact we even joked about the fact that mom wanted us home by 9 for Mac & Cheese....It's definitely an experience we will have again and I can't wait.

BWW Blog: Jesse Swimm of Goodspeed's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF - Final Blog
Curtis Schroeger pitching with the best of them!!!
BWW Blog: Jesse Swimm of Goodspeed's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF - Final Blog
Matthew Amira preparing to kick one out of the park
BWW Blog: Jesse Swimm of Goodspeed's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF - Final Blog

One of our many friends to visit, Danielle Jordan, taking charge at the plate
BWW Blog: Jesse Swimm of Goodspeed's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF - Final Blog
The gang after an amazing day of kickball

As I sit here writing this final blog. I think of how truly lucky I am to be surrounded by such an incredible group of artists. For one the men's dressing room is really a spectacular place. I can't remember the last time I spent having as much fun as I have with these guys. We laugh, we sing, we get along fabulously...crazy I know, lol. Truly these guys are great and each of them has their own individual personality that brings such a unique diversity to the room that you can't help but swept up in the joy of it all. Will, Michael, David, Dereck, Charles, Darren, Abdiel, Curtis, Rob, Max, Tim, and Matt. You guys are my brothers and I am so thankful to have you all by my side keeping my spirits up on a daily basis. Now with that said I couldn't forget the rest of my cast. Even though we aren't in the same dressing room my experiences with them are in no way diminished. This production is smaller than most productions of Fiddler and I truly think it has bonded us in a way that most productions don't get to experience. For one the women of Fiddler are divalicious. From Tevye's daughters (Barrie, Elizabeth, Jen, Joy, Allegra) to Fruma (Joy H.) and the rest of the ladies (Jeanette, Eileen, and Paige) they are all gems and I love seeing and hearing them on a nightly basis. And then there are our final two dressing rooms, which hold Tevye (Adam), Lazar (John), The Rabbi (Jeremy), Golde (Lori), and Yente (Cheryl). It's such a privilege to work with them and taking a moment out of the day to hang out in their dressing rooms is always a joy (Plus John has candy so that helps, lol).

As I get ready to shut my computer off and head to bed I just have to say thank you to Goodspeed and Broadwayworld for allowing me to share my experiences up here with you all. I couldn't have asked for a nicer summer and I look forward to the next time I get to spend up here. Thank you for joining me this past month. I hope you have enjoyed my blog as much as I have been writing it for you all. I am so grateful that I have been able to share my experience with you this past month and I truly look forward to the next opportunity I will get to share with you all.

BWW Blog: Jesse Swimm of Goodspeed's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF - Final Blog
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Guest Blogger: Jesse Swimm Jesse, has spent the last 20 years working extensively throughout New York, Nationally, and Internationally. He was Action in Broadway choreographer Joey McKneely's hit international production of "West Side Story". Jesse was also a member of the European tours of "A Chorus Line" and "Grease" for which he was the dance captain and set over 5 companies throughout Europe. Other productions include “High Button Shoes” at the Tony Award winning theatre The Goodspeed Opera House, “Swing”, “Beauty and the Beast”, "Footloose", "Singin' in the Rain", "Jesus Christ Superstar", "Anything Goes", "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown", multiple productions of "A Chorus Line", numerous industrials and a few years at the happiest place on earth, Disneyland. Jesse also completed the role of Bobby in a newly revised version of Kander and Ebb’s “The Rink” at The Cape Playhouse starring Leslie Uggams and was in China for the Macau International Music Festival in “Guys and Dolls”. Jesse was the Dance Captain/Swing on the Cameron Mackintosh/Trevor Nunn/Matthew Bourne National Tour of “My Fair Lady” direct from London’s National Theatre in the West End. Most recently Jesse was a part of the 1st National Tour (original cast) and closing Broadway company of Mary Poppins where he understudied and performed the role Bert as well as the US regional premiere of Mary Poppins at the Tuacahn Amphitheater in the role of Bert. Currently Jesse is playing the role of Nachum the Beggar at the Tony Award winning Goodspeed Opera House.

Jesse has also worked with such legendary Broadway director/choreographer/producers as Cameron Mackintosh, Trevor Nunn, Matthew Bourne, David Marquez, Tony Award Winner Andy Blankenbeuhler, Tony Award nominee Lara Teeter, Michael Butler, and Nightmare Creations duo Melissa Williams and Carla Kama who are choreographers for international music sensation Prince. Jesse, a California State University of Fullerton alumnus, is a proud member of Actor's Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers. He is also the proud dad of a rescue dog, and encourages everyone to open their homes to a four-legged friend.